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Dipsacus fullonum

Teasel

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  • Dipsacus fullonum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Dipsacus fullonum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.3m to 1m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourPale purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Dipsacus fullonum (Teasel). A common wildflower is a prickly biennial to 2m tall native to Europe and western Asia. Begins as a basal rosette of long, pointed leaves that shrivel when the plant flowers. The long-stalked pale purple flowerheads are borne in mid to late summer and are about 8cm long. They emerge between small, curved, springy bracts that persist long after the flowers are gone. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Common teasel

Origin

Europe to Western Asia

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow.

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  • Dipsacus fullonum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Propagate from seed, self-seed freely.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to aphids.

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